Floods shocker: Jammu and Kashmir was not on Central Water Commission's alert list

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Srinagar, September 10: Jammu and Kashmir is facing one of the worst floods in last 60 years. Many people of the flood-hit state are stranded and yet to be rescued.

Army, Air Force and NDRF teams are carrying out rescue and relief operations since last week.

But amidst all the flood fury, a revelation has come to the light that the Chief Minister led-National Conference government could have averted this natural disaster.

Jammu Kashmir- not on CWC's river-monitoring radar

Central Water Commission (CWC), India's premier water resources body, who claims to 'serve the nation since 1945', is responsible for flood forecasting and issue prior flood alerts in vulnerable states, did not even keep J&K name on the alert list.

On September 6th, it had issued 18 level forecasts and 8 inflow forecasts.

No mention of J&K on CWC site

On the official site of CWC, there is an option of watching hydro-graphs of various rivers. But there is no mention of river Jhelum, who has created havoc in the state since last week.

The site also has an option of getting flood-related information on maps and lists basis. But in this section also, there is no mention of Jammu and Kashmir.

On Sept 6, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that J&K will receive 558 mm 'excess rainfall', in few hours and on Sept 3, it had predicted rainfall of 308 mm.

No lessons learnt from Uttarakhand tragedy

Experts expressed shock that CWC, that works under the ambit of Ministry of Water Resources, can show such carelessness, by not issuing prior alerts.

CWC falls under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, headed by Uma Bharati.

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